Turkish-American Society of Wisconsin organized its first Turkish Food and Craft Festival on Saturday, September 16 at its Greenfield location. There were variety of Turkish food from doner gyro to Turkish coffee, as well as live demonstration of ebru (water marbling) art, henna tattoo, face painting for kids and Turkish crafts. More than 400 Wisconsinites from different ethnic and racial backgrounds attended the festival. The attendees expressed how friendly and welcoming the atmosphere was to the guests and how amazing the Turkish cuisine was.
One of the aims of the festival was to raise money for families in need in US and Turkey. All the revenue of the festival was donated for the victims of Harvey and some families in Turkey who suffer persecution due to the massive government crackdown and purge after the failed coup attempt in Turkey in July 2016. Since the attempted coup of July 15, 2016, civil society and other actors have documented widespread and systematic human rights violations, including arbitrary detention (taking place in both, formal and informal detention facilities), alleged cases of extrajudicial executions, torture and/or other degrading treatment or punishment, as well as enforced disappearances.
Due to the government crackdown, thousands of people in Turkey got detained with false charges and separated from their spouses and children. Thousands of people who lost their jobs in post-coup purge and women facing detention at hospitals immediately after giving birth will truly be in debt to the attendees of the Turkish festival.
TASWI, founded in 2006, is a non-profit organization with the mission of promoting a better understanding and closer relations between Turkish-American Community and other communities in Wisconsin through cultural activities and social gatherings.